Suspect in deadly I-85 crash granted bond, but ordered not to drive

Suspect in deadly I-85 crash granted bond, but ordered not to drive

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Juan Marquez is charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a woman on I-85. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
  • Story Highlights
  • Juan Marquez is charged in a crash that killed a mother of five on I-85.
  • He pulled his vehicle in front of a moving tractor-trailer, the Georgia State Patrol said.
  • The woman’s vehicle hit the back of the truck.

The man who is charged in connection with a crash that killed a mother of five on I-85 South was granted bond Friday — with a condition, Channel 2 Action News reported.

He can’t drive.

Juan Marquez, charged with vehicular homicide, has been in the Coweta County jail since an Aug. 29 incident that also involved a tractor-trailer and killed Jessica Jose, 32. In seeking bond, Marquez’s attorney, Emmanuel West, said the father of six has been unable to work since the crash.

“Since he’s been in jail, there’s no income coming in,” West said.

Judge Robert Stokely granted a $25,000 bond with the driving restriction, the news station reported. Marquez is a real estate contractor who owns his own business, his attorney told Channel 2.

Jose was on her way to a job interview when the deadly crash happened, according to her family.

Marquez, 43, of Atlanta, pulled in front of a moving tractor-trailer on the interstate and stopped his vehicle “to consult with the driver of a semi-truck,” Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the crash.

According to reports, a rock had cracked Marquez’s windshield, and he thought the rock came from the truck.

Jose’s SUV slammed into the back of the truck, and she died at the scene.

Jessica Jose (Credit: GoFundMe)

“It’s got nothing to do with road rage at all,” West said. “It’s just an individual who was trying to get a driver’s attention.”

However, Carmen Jose, the victim’s daughter, told Channel 2, “if he never stopped that truck, she would have still been alive, and she would have been here. It’s all his fault.”

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